[MUSIC PLAYING] CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN: Institutions like Walden, I think, are so very important to stimulate the kind of discussion, to stimulate the kind of debate that does recognize that there are a host of different approaches, and there's very rarely one all-bad and one all-good side to an argument and only one way to solve a problem.
And it's got to start well before the elections. It's not just showing up at the polls that makes a difference. You're right. By then, you've already been limited in your choices. You have the names that are on the ballot, nobody else. And you have where their positions are. Or if you have an issue in referendum, you have the yea or nay vote. You don't have the discussion that takes place before that.
And that's where the good old New England town meeting kind of approach comes in. That's where getting communities together from time to time-- we've lost, in many places, our sense of community. Here in the Midwest, it's a lot stronger than it is on probably either of the coasts, although I say that living in a small town where we have a very strong sense of community. But we need to get the people who have the ability to articulate the importance of this kind of an approach to do it. And by the way, we need to reinforce those who stand up in the Congress and the Senate and at the local level and are willing to engage.